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This Map Shows The Most Popular “Fourth of July” Songs in Each State


These tunes are played more on July 4 than they are the rest of the year, according to Spotify

In a move that the Founding Fathers could have only dreamed of, Spotify is helping celebrate Independence this year with a map of the United States that shows which songs got more play on July 4 last year than any other day in 2013.

How did this map come into fruition? Paul Lamere, director of developer platform at Spotify subsidiary Echo Nest, began by combing through playlists that users titled “Fourth of July” and then compared those songs to what they listened to during the week prior. A post on Spotify’s blog adds: “He also looked at each state’s favorite song, finding 46 of the 50 to prefer Miley Cyrus’ ‘Party in the U.S.A.’.”

Because patriotism.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lamere found that people in the nation’s capital listened to the most red-white-and-blue tunes on July 4. Washington D.C. was followed by Nebraska, Delaware, Louisiana and Utah. The states ranked lowest were Alaska, New Hampshire, Maine, South Dakota and Hawaii.

LISTEN: From Springsteen to Cyrus: NewsFeed’s All-American Independence Day Playlist

TIME World Cup

This Barber Will Shave Your Favorite World Cup Players Onto Your Head

"It's like trying to draw on a baseball," says San Antonio hair portraitist Rob Ferrel

A Texas barber known for “hair portraits” of celebrities, from Marilyn Monroe to Bryan Cranston, is offering dedicated World Cup fans a brand new look for the tournament.

In the gallery via Reuters below, Rob Ferrel etches Argentine football star Lionel Messi onto the back of a guy’s head, working off of a black and white picture on a mobile phone. In the last frame, he’s creating a more colorful portrait of Mexico’s forward Javier Hernández Balcazar.

The barber has been doing hair portraits for eight years, and uses black and white photos in order to get each shading just right. “I do add a little eye liner or lip liner for color,” he says. “Black eyeliner makes the image pop.”

Ferrel told TIME that most customers at his San Antonio-based Rob the Original Barbershop have been asking for portraits of players on the Mexico and USA teams. USA fans getting ready to watch Tuesday’s match against Belgium may want to check out his portrait of the team’s goalie Tim Howard.

Business gets hectic during most major sports tournaments. Last month, Ferrell said he created a portrait of NBA shooting guard Manu Ginobili, after the San Antonio Spurs clinched their fifth championship.

The trickiest part of the task: navigating the roundness of people’s heads. “It’s like trying to draw on a baseball,” he says. “Like a puzzle, I start working on one section, and then I start adding pieces to it.”

A likeness of Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi is cut onto the head of a customer ahead of the World Cup match between Argentina and Switzerland. Ashley Landis / Reuters
A likeness of Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi is cut onto the head of a customer ahead of the World Cup match between Argentina and Switzerland. Ashley Landis / Reuters
A likeness of Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi is cut onto the head of a customer ahead of the World Cup match between Argentina and Switzerland. Ashley Landis / Reuters
The likeness of Mexican soccer player Javier Hernández Balcazar known as “Chicharito” on the head of a customer. Ashley Landis / Reuters
TIME celebrity

Watch Prince Harry Dance to Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’

His name is Prince (Harry), and he is funky


The British Monarchy has uploaded a video of Prince Harry dancing to Katy Perry’s “Firework” with children at the Fundacion Amigos de Jesus, a center that works with young people who have mental and physical disabilities in Santiago, Chile.

The three-day tour was the royal’s first trip to Chile, and it was an eventful one. A TV personality whose last name is Middleton proposed to him, and a woman claimed he fixed her TV set so she could watch the World Cup. He was also in Brazil last week and attended the tournament while pursuing other charitable engagements.

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Watch a Guy Peel Potatoes with a Drill, Toilet Brush and Hose

Takes less than a minute.


Life hack of the week: A clip going viral on Facebook appears to show a man from Denmark, Leo Morten Lund, peeling a bucket of potatoes using a hose and a power drill with the head of a toilet brush attached at the top. The entire process takes less than a minute.

The feat is reminiscent of a video that went viral in March 2014, in which a chef peels apples by sticking each one onto a power drill.

Something to keep in mind if you’re cooking for a Fourth of July barbecue?

LIST: 6 Ways to Create Your Signature Potato Salad

MORE: Potato Lobby Pushes Congress to Make

TIME viral

This Guy Just Lost Jeopardy! in The Best Way Possible

We see what you did there


On Jeopardy! Thursday night, a contestant became the latest person to show that if you do not know the answer, you might as well go out in style.

The final clue was “In 1891, this European said ‘perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your congresses.’” The answer is Alfred Nobel, but Los Angeles-based comedian Ari Voukydis wrote “Who is This handsome gentleman?” with an arrow pointing at himself and then just went


(hat tip Gawker)

TIME celebrity

Jared Leto and Ellen Page Are PETA’s Sexiest Celebrity Vegetarians

Ellen Page arrives to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, California. Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez / AFP / Getty Images

PETA has named Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto and Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page the “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities” of 2014.

Leto is a vegan and has been a vegetarian since he was a teenager. He promotes the lifestyle on social media, from posting an Instagram video of himself flipping vegan pancakes to wearing a vegan leather cuff.

Page is also a vegan. When she was renaming fans’ dogs on Twitter, she clearly had vegetables on her mind when she dubbed one “carrots.”

PETA’s 2013 “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity” was Kristen Bell. Dax Shepard initially won as well, but could not accept the award because he started eating chicken.

TIME politics

Katy Perry and Joe Biden Took a Selfie

Cue "Firework"

Vice President Joe Biden posed for a selfie with Katy Perry at the White House on Tuesday. Describing the politician as a “Q-T” on Instagram, the pop star was in Washington, D.C. for a concert at the Verizon Center as part of her Prismatic World Tour.

Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope would be jealous.

(h/t The Hill)

MORE: Vice President Joe Biden’s First Selfie Is Just Awesome

WATCH: Vice President Joe Biden Congratulates Team USA in The Locker Room After World Cup Win

TIME Food & Drink

This Marijuana Food Truck Can Get You High

The Samich truck's take on PB&J MagicalButter.com

Washington state residents now have a chance to try pot-infused truffle popcorn and other treats

The “munchies” are going artisanal. After debuting in Denver on 4/20, a marijuana food truck is expected to open at a farmer’s market in Washington state this weekend.

But will its meals get customers high?

“Yes,” says Garyn Angel, who runs the refurbished school bus, dubbed “Samich,” both a shorthand for sandwich and an acronym for Savory Accessible Marijuana Infused Culinary Happiness.

Customers will be able to choose between four cannabis-infused meals at Jet City Farmer’s Market in the city of Everett, Wash. between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:

  • Danksgiving,” a grilled turkey sandwich with stuffing, homemade gravy and cranberry chutney on cornbread.
  • A take on the peanut butter and jelly sandwich on five-grain bread boasting homemade nut butter, banana, infused-honey, and jelly (a blend of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cherry and pomegranate). Bacon bits optional.
  • A Vietnamese pork banh mi, a sandwich with pulled pork, pickled cabbage, vegetables, sriracha aioli and infused garlic butter on a French roll.
  • Truffle popcorn.
The pork banh mi MagicalButter.com

The Samich truck is a promotion for Angel’s company MagicalButter.com, which sells an appliance intended to help people make cannabis-infused cooking oils at home and wants to market itself to medical marijuana patients.

All dishes are in the suggested serving size, which is worth noting in light of growing food safety concerns about pot edibles. Maureen Dowd recently wrote a column in the New York Times about getting uncomfortably high from eating an entire pot chocolate bar in Denver because the label didn’t warn novices to break it up into 16 pieces. Last month, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed two safety bills to both ensure labels are not misleading and attempt to determine an appropriate serving size of concentrated marijuana to prevent overeating in light of recent deaths.

In Washington state, regulations require samples to pass a “microbiological screening” and commercial pot kitchens to be inspected before such chefs can be licensed, the Associated Press recently reported. Marijuana retail sales are expected to start in a couple of weeks, and Governor Jay Inslee just announced an “emergency set of rules” ordering approval of marijuana edible packaging to make sure there are not cartoonish images that may appeal to children, The New York Times reports this week.

In general, when it comes to consuming cannabis-infused food and drink as safely as possible, “If you don’t know what you’re doing, less is more,” says Angel. “Take it slow.”

TIME World Cup

World Cup Urinals Spark Pissing Matches

Aly Song / Reuters

For soccer whizzes

World Cup-themed filters have been put in urinals in the men’s room at a Shanghai mall, Reuters reports. The Telegraph described them as “wee-to-score.” No word on whether the games will be live-streamed.

Aly Song / Reuters
TIME nation

Totally Rad Green Bay Cop Patrols on Skateboard

He hopes to promote healthy living and show that not all skateboarders are troublemakers.

There is a new Sk8erboi turning heads in Green Bay, Wisconsin: a police officer on a skateboard.

The self-proclaimed “Skateboard Cop” Joel Zwicky boasts a longboard with red and blue LED lights, an attempt to make patrol officers — and skateboarders in general — seem more approachable. “It gets us more exercise, and it also helps us talk to people because the squad is kind of a barrier for us,” he told WFRV.

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